A trio of Crimson scored to lead Harvard to its fifth straight victory.
PITTSBURGH – On the road for its final non-conference game away from Jordan Field, Harvard men's soccer picked up a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Junior Daniel Smith and seniors Tim Schmoll and Michael Innocenzi found the back of the net for Harvard, which tied a season-high with three goals. Harvard (6-4-2) and Pittsburgh (5-7-3) were even in shots on the day, 6-6, but all of the Crimson's attempts made their way on frame.
Smith opened the scoring for the Crimson in the 24th minute after he headed home a corner kick from Christian Sady. The goal was the first of the year for Smith, and fifth of his career.
The Panthers responded less than two minutes later when Patrick Dixon's corner found the head of Matt Bragg, who redirected the ball into the back of the net. Pittsburgh tallied a second goal in the 31st minute, when Dixon connected from 20 yards into the top right corner. The pair of scores gave the home team a 2-1 lead.
Just over five minutes before the half, senior Tim Schmoll played a through ball to freshman Cesar Farias, but the pass was knocked down by the arm of a Pittsburgh defender to give Harvard a penalty kick. Schmoll stepped up and struck the ball into the bottom corner to knot the score at 2-2. The tally was Schmoll's second of the season.
The Crimson regained the lead in the 67th minute after Jake Freeman's corner kick found its way to Michael Innocenzi at the top of the 18-yard box. The senior from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, trapped the ball and fired a left-footed strike into the upper right corner. Innocenzi's first goal of the year put Harvard on top, 3-2.
Harvard threatened late with a few set pieces, and held the Panthers to only three shots in the final 45 minutes to secure its fifth win in a row.
The Crimson returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, Oct. 24 against Princeton. The 4:30 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.